WINNER … Michelob Ultra 13.1 Chicago

Lots of excitement over the giveaway for the Michelob Ultra Chicago 13.1 race entry!  This is a great race and I can see that all of you love it as much as I do, so let’s pick a winner!

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The random number generator selected #34.

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Number 34 is Kari Routledge!

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Congrats, Kari!  I know you will enjoy 13.1 Chicago!  Email me as soon as possible at amanda@tootallfritz.com so that we can get you registered!  Then get ready to run on June 7th!

For all of the rest of us, go HERE to register. 

** Happy Running ** Amanda – TooTallFritz **

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Winner!! Sunburst Marathon Giveaway…

Everyone was super excited about the Sunburst Races giveaway!  I hope you still join me on May 31st, even if you didn’t win!

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Without further ado, the winner of the Sunburst Race giveaway is #37.

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Number 37 is rl262 

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Congrats, Mr. rl262!  I’m sorry I don’t know your name but please email me at amanda@tootallfritz.com and we will get you registered for the Sunburst race of your choice! 

Everyone else who would like to run the 2014 event, please register HERE!

I’ll see YOU in South Bend on May 31st!

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** Happy Running ** Amanda – TooTallFritz **

Winner – Corn Fed Spartans Crucible Obstacle Course Race

Obstacles races and mud runs are currently all the rage and I have one entry to give away for the Corn Fed Crucible race on September 13th in Monterey, Indiana!  This new OCR event promises to be fun & challenging.  It offers prize $$ for those who are fast and strong and running to win.  It offers two levels for each obstacle so that beginner and experienced participants alike will both be challenged without being overwhelmed.  This sounds like an AMAZING event with an AMAZING after party which will go ALL DAY LONG.  Plus it’s a Corn Fed Spartans race so you know it will be worth the trip.

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Without further ado, the random number generator selected lucky #1!  This is certainly the case where the early bird got the worm.  So who was the very FIRST person to comment??? 

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Looks to be Lynn S.!  Congrats, Lynn!  Please send me an email (amanda@tootallfritz.com) so that I can get you hooked up with the free entry!  Congrats and take lots of pics for us!!

As for the rest of us, we can all go HERE to register for the Corn Fed Crucible Obstacle Course and Mud Run.   See you there!

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** Get Down, Get Dirty & Scale That Obstacle ** Amanda – TooTallFritz **

Injinji Socks Giveaway Winner!!!

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I’ve learned several things from the Injinji Sock Giveaway.  1)  Most of you are much younger than me.  I’m not sure what I was doing when you all were wearing rainbow toe socks but I was in a different world. Call me clueless.  2)  There are a lot of us around here with jacked up feet.  We need to find a solution.  3)  There is a ton of interest in toe socks but almost everyone is saying the same thing, “I’m too nervous to try them”.  I absolutely understand.  When I want to try something but am a bit nervous about spending the money on something I don’t know if I’ll like, I look for a deal.  I go to the discount sites and search for my desired item.  I check the store website for a sale or last chance section.  If all else fails, I go to eBates to find a retailer who both carries my desired product and also offers an “eBate”.  I figure even if I just get a little bit back, I still save.  That’s how I got my first Injinji’s, I bought them via eBates.com.   I saved a little.  I realized I loved them and then bought more. 

Now, let’s announce the winner of the Injinji socks!!  The Random Number Generator selected #43. 

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#43 – Gigi – Who is apparently already a fan of Injinji!!   Congrats Gigi – email your shoe size and mailing address to amanda@tootallfritz.com.

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For the rest of us, let’s go shopping!  Oh wait, I already did.  I have a pair of those Injinji compression socks coming my way.  HAD.TO.HAVE.THEM.

A few of my favorites spots to get Injinji’s:

  • Injinji.com
  • REI.com – Where they “might” have the Injinji compressions on sale for as low as $26.33.  Yep, they do!  REI is on eBates too!!
  • Backcountry.com – On eBates.
  • Sockmax.com – 15% off with promo code:  SAVE15

Happy Running, all!  Let’s find a way to keep our feet HAPPY and HEATHLY!

** Amanda – TooTallFritz.com “”**

Winner of the Chicago Half Marathon FREE Entry

I always love the days where I get to give someone something for free!    But it makes me nervous too.  Why?  I have no idea but I want everyone to win and I know that some people who have entered will only be running IF they win so I feel some pressure, get nervous, have butterflies!  Silly, I know but that’s always how I feel when I go to the random number generator to put in the info.  Soooo glad that I don’t have to make the decision myself!

Today, I randomly drew a  number for a free entry to the 2013 Chicago Half Marathon on September 8th.

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I’m a numbers person so always wonder what number will come up.  Today, the “late bird” got the worm and someone who just entered the giveaway at the very last minute will be running with me for free!  It’s someone I know.  It’s someone you “might”  know.  Who is #42? 

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Run With Jess:

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Congrats, Jess!  Email me at amanda@tootallfritz.com for info on how to get registered!

For those of you who didn’t win and want to register, go HERE and sign up today.   Cost of the half is currently $90.  Great race.  Great course.  Great location.  I’ll be there and so will Jess!  Join us!!

** Run Chicago ** Amanda – TooTallFritz **

Race Around the World Duathlon 2013 Report & Strike Out ALS 5K winner

Sunday brought us the annual Race Around the World Duathlon in Tinley Park, IL.  This is absolutely one of my favorite events of the year and consists of a 2 mile run, 11 mile bike, followed by another 2 mile run.  Duathlon is always “run, bike, run”.   It’s the multisport event that “some” scoff at for not having a swim but one that is much loved by those of us who don’t want to mess up our hair with a swim cap.  Duathlon is my personal favorite multisport activity and I am considering making it my main focus next year because it really is THAT.MUCH.FUN. 

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The 2013 event was my 4th appearance, the first of which was in 2006 when I randomly signed up the day of the event with my trusty Walmart Special mountain bike.  It was a rough ride but brought me a 1 hour 17 minute finish.  Then in 2007, I arrived with a bit more of a plan in place AND a road bike.  This delivered me a 1 hour 10 minute finish.    Then I took some time to TRI, have a baby, and focus on the run only to make a return in 2012 with my F’N Running Club.  As history denotes, I showed up in 2012 with a torn tendon in my foot and a little girl who wanted to “run for her mom” so that I could still participate.    We took 5th in the women’s relay division, report HERE, and decided to come back for 2013 to move up in the standings.   The sole purpose of yesterday’s race was to go as hard as we could and try to take 3rd in our division.  Our team motto was to “run/race for the bling”.  True story.  We have no shame.

I’ve previously reported this to be a great event, good for both beginners & competitive athletes alike.  The event is short enough to not be intimidating but long enough to push the limits on fitness.   The course is nice, user friendly, has loads of volunteer and safety support, plus there aren’t too many turns.  The TP Fire Department brings fire trucks with “showers” for cooling off post race.  The finish is welcoming with cold drinks, the showers and plenty of  post race snacks.  Well organized event.  I love it and suggest that you DU Tinley in 2014.  Oh, and the  shirt is cool too!  Black A4 tech shirt with unique design.

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Now let’s compare our 2012 race to the 2013 event.    2012 was good, we took 5th in our division & we loved the team dynamic.  What changed between 2012 and 2013?  Both Aby and I are stronger and more determined.  We always focus on fun but we wanted to push and  try to move Team 2 Tough Chiks up in the standings but knew that the competition was super tough last year and we had no idea who would “show up” this year.

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The F’N Running Club brought more people this year, some repeats, some new. 

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Aby has grown.

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We were faster pace wise, despite the 2012 bike course being 1 mile short due to road construction and 2013 having a hellacious headwind thru half the course.

Run #1 – 2 miles 18:54 (9:27 pace) 17:13 (8:37 pace)
T1 47.8 49.5
Bike 30:49 (19.1 mph) 34:00 (19.4 mph)
T2 43.6 42.6
Run #2 – 2 miles 19:04 (9:32 pace) 17:42 (8:51 pace)
Finish 1:10:19  ** Short 1:10:28

We brought home some bling, placing 2nd in the Women’s Relay division out of a field of 20.  We were super excited!!

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We are proud to push together, as a team, in an event that is fun and family friendly.  Also, please note that our 2012 bibs were 601, and the 2013 bibs were 602.  Is it too early to “request” that our 2014 bib assignment be 603? 

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So we’ll be back next year looking to steal that first place finish from fellow F’N Runner Deb & her IronSis (Team Twisted Sisters).  The IronSis beat me down on the bike and I’m gonna work on that for next year!!  Love that I now have a new goal for next year!!

See you in Tinley on June 22, 2014!!

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The winner of the Strike  Out ALS 5K is #18 – @jmonst – please contact me at amanda@tootallfritz.com to collect your free registration!!

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** DU Tinley Park in 2014 ** Amanda – TooTallFritz **

Winners!! RMHC Raffle!

Many thanks to everyone who was able to donate to the raffle for the Ronald McDonald House Charities!  I really appreciate it and please know that the families that utilize RMHC are so very thankful.  If by chance you are still interested in donating but didn’t have time or weren’t ready, the charity page will be open until a couple weeks after the Chicago Marathon so feel free to utilize it anytime between now and the end of October 2013. 

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Now the fun part!!  The numbers have been drawn and we have lots of winners.  The list is below, please email me (amanda@tootallfritz.com) with your address so that I can send your goodies!! 

  1. Amy Dykstra – Lock Laces
  2. Mag Mile RunnerBoston Strong Tee
  3. Run With JessAdvoCare Fueling and Rehydration pack
  4. Nicki T – Aspaeris Pivot Shorts, ibungee speed laces & Team Tough Chik Sponsor Pack
  5.  Erica Finds –  Team Tough Chik Sponsor Pack
  6. Anastasia Kwitt – Women Rock Chicago calendar & headband
  7. Susan D – Venus de Miles Entry & prize pack
  8. Frogger – Handana
  9. From Ice Cream to Marathon – Women Rock Chicago calendar & headband
  10. In Mid StridePro Compression marathon socks
  11. Amanda W – Get to GoalFlip Belt
  12. Running KellometersPunkeeLove Headbands
  13. Sara & David J – Boston Strong Tee  & Biofreeze prize pack
  14. Suzanne Westenhofer – GU prize pack & Tough Chik $25 gift card
  15. Bonita F – Mission Athlete Skincare prize pack, Adidias headbands, & ibungee speed laces
  16. Pam S – Bastille Day 5K/8K entry
  17. Lynn S – Team Tough Chik Sponsor Pack
  18. Marcia’s Healthy SliceRoad Runners Sports 2 Bottle Belt
  19. Walissa D – Team Tough Chik visor
  20. Michelle Pluhar – Cytosport prize pack

Congratulations everyone!!

Check back in tomorrow for a giveaway!!

** Amanda – TooTallFritz ** amanda@tootallfritz.com **

Winner – 13.1 Chicago

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A winner has been drawn for the ever popular Allstate Life Insurance 13.1 Chicago Half Marathon on June 8, 2013.  The winning entry was #27.

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And #27 was Nicole Zemaitis. 

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Congrats, Nicole!  Email me at amanda@tootallfritz.com so that we can get you registered!

As for everyone else, there are a few other bloggers giving away entries.  I posted them on my facebook page last week but will link them up below so that you can go enter those giveaways as well.  And of course, if you don’t win, I still hope to see you out there.  You can register for the race HERE.  The current cost to register is $80 thru Friday, March 15th, then the price goes up to $85.

** Happy Running ** Amanda – TooTallFritz **

Lansing Marathon Prize Pack WINNER

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The winner of the Lansing Marathon Prize Pack is #30.

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Who is #30?  Kim Bauer!!!

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Congratulations, Kim!  You just won a free entry to the race of your choice (please run the marathon with me!!), in addition to a free training plan and a free copy of the e-book, Aurora.

Please email me so we can talk and arrange your registration, plus delivery of your training plan and e-book. 

For the rest of us, the early bird pricing is still valid ($95 for the full & $60 for the half) up until January 8th, so take advantage of the $10 discount prior to the price increase!  Register HERE using the coupon code:  CHICAGO10

108 days until the Lansing Marathon!!

** Happy Running ** Amanda – TooTallFritz ** amanda@tootallfritz.com **

ShowerPill Giveaway Winner!!!

The winner of the box of ShowerPill athletic wipes is #18 – BetyBliss!

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According to Betty’s comment, she is a fellow Ragnarian so hopefully she will #StayFresh for her teammates!

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Betty, please contact me at:  amanda@tootallfritz.com and send your mailing address for the ShowerPill wipes!

For the rest of us, there is a 20% off discount code:  STAYFRSH  which we can use to purchase ShowerPill wipes at Amazon HERE ($9.99 each).  I really love these things and encourage you to try them.  I buy them for my gym bag, my running bag and use them at least once per week after my lunchtime runs.  I really love these things!

** Stay Fresh ** Amanda – TooTallFritz ** amanda@tootallfritz.com